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      25.01.2009 18:08
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      Ok cheapish computer. 19"

      I bought the Dell Inspiron 531 for just under £400. I suppose depending on what you need is the only way to tell you if this is a good product. Obviously, i own one and i have to say it's not one of my smartest ideas; now, after just 5 months roughly, when i switch it on the bar at the bottom doesn't work (unless I'm extremely lucky) therefore have been left to use alt and the arrows.
      (I actaully fixed that now but still it's slow at times in general)
      Even before buying it, i knew that athlon isn't very good in general, they use cheaper material and therefore cost less and i thought, because it has dual core and 1gb of ram that it would still be fine, and even with, i think 160gb of memory, it goes slow and is constantly freezing. I also later learnt that Windows Vista needs bigger ram to run smoothly.

      So my brother installed Windows 7 which doesn't take up so much space and is better. So I now love that it works quickly and I have the latest Windows.

      On the other hand, the colours are quite good and it hasn't completely failed me, it is widely useful and even though i don't make it out to be one, it is rather good.
      Plus, who can turndown an offer that cheap when it also comes with a 19 inch screen, which is MASSIVE (in my opinion).

      The Dell Inspiron 531 can handle 6 usbs at one time, takes normal memory cards and has easy and accessible jacks for headphones etc.
      Furthermore it already has Dvd writer capabilty and you can add another disk drive your self.

      If you understand any of the stuff below. You are a genius. (and sorry i copy and pasted all the specs). lol

      MPN: D08517-UK
      Type: PC
      Product Form Factor: Tower
      Width: 17 cm
      Depth: 43.5 cm
      Height: 36.2 cm
      Weight: 12.7 kg
      Localisation: United Kingdom
      Type: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
      Multi-Core Technology: Dual-Core
      64-bit Computing: Yes
      Installed Qty: 1
      Max Supported Qty: 1
      Cache memory
      Type: L2 Cache
      Installed Size: 1 MB
      Cache Per Processor: 1 MB ( 2 x 512 KB )
      Chipset Type: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / nForce 430
      Installed Size: 2 GB / 4 GB (max)
      Technology: DDR II SDRAM
      Memory Speed: 667 MHz
      Memory Specification Compliance: PC2-5300
      Form Factor: DIMM 240-pin
      Configuration Features: 2 x 1 GB
      Storage controller
      Type: 1 x Serial ATA - integrated
      Controller Interface Type: Serial ATA-300
      Channel Qty: 4
      RAID Level: RAID 1
      Hard Drive: 1 x 250 GB - standard - Serial ATA-300 - 7200 rpm
      Optical storage
      Type: DVD±RW - Serial ATA
      Card reader
      Type: 13 in 1 card reader
      Supported Flash Memory Cards: CompactFlash Card type I, CompactFlash Card type II, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Microdrive, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SmartMedia Card, Memory Stick Duo, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, miniSD, RS-MMC
      Monitor Type: DELL SE198WFP - flat panel display - TFT active matrix
      Diagonal Size: 19"
      Max Resolution: 1440 x 900
      Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch: 0.285 mm
      Response Time: 5 ms
      Image Brightness: 300 cd/m2
      Image Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
      Graphics controller
      Type: PCI Express x16 - plug-in card
      Graphics Processor / Vendor: ATI Radeon X1300
      Installed Size: 256 MB
      Digital Video Standard: Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
      Max Monitors Supported: 2
      Audio output
      Type: Sound card - integrated
      Sound Output Mode: 7.1 channel surround
      Input device
      Type: Mouse, keyboard
      Keyboard Name: Dell Entry QuietKey
      Interface: USB
      Localization and Layout: UK QWERTY
      Technology: Optical
      Technology: USB
      Features: Scroll
      Networking: Network adapter - integrated
      Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
      Expansion / connectivity
      Expansion Bays Total (Free):
      2 ( 1 ) x front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H
      2 ( 1 ) x internal - 3.5" x 1/3H
      1 ( 0 ) x front accessible - 3.5" x 1/3H
      Expansion Slots Total (Free):
      4 ( 2 ) x memory - DIMM 240-pin
      1 ( 0 ) x PCI Express x16
      1 ( 0 ) x processor - Socket AM2
      2 ( 2 ) x PCI
      1 ( 1 ) x PCI Express x1
      8 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ( 4 in front )
      1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
      1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
      1 x audio - line-In - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
      1 x audio - line-out - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
      2 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ( 1 in front )
      1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ( 1 in front )
      1 x audio - line-out (side surround) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
      1 x audio - line-out (rear) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
      1 x audio - line-out (centre/subwoofer) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
      1 x display / video - DVI-Analog/Digital - 29 pin combined DVI
      1 x display / video - S-video output
      Device Type: Power supply
      Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
      Power Provided: 300 Watt
      Operating system / software
      OS Provided: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - English
      Software: Drivers & Utilities, Microsoft Works 8.0
      Manufacturer warranty
      Service & Support: 1 year warranty
      Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - pick-up and return
      Environmental parameters
      Min Operating Temperature: 10 °C
      Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C
      Humidity Range Operating: 20 - 80%


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